Posts Tagged ‘ war ’

Iraq: Fierce clashes, no major progress in regime’s operation to retake Tikrit from Islamic State

March 3, 2015
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US News & World Report    

"Iraqi troops fought on Tuesday with Islamic State extremists south of the militant-held city of Tikrit but their offensive to retake Saddam Hussein's hometown was slowed by roadside bombs, local officials said. ... Fierce clashes were underway mainly outside the town of al-Dour, south of Tikrit, while government troops were shelling militant bases inside the city, they said. The officials spoke anonymously as they were not authorized to brief media. The military operation is seen as a litmus test for the capability of Iraqi troops to dislodge the militants from major cities they conquered in the country's Sunni heartland in the north and west during an onslaught last summer. Previous attempts to capture Tikrit all failed because of tough resistance from the militants." (03/03/15)

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Iraq: Regime launches offensive to retake Tikrit from Islamic State

March 2, 2015
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CBS News CBS News    

"Iraq's state TV says government forces backed by allied Shiite and Sunni fighters have begun a large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) extremist group. Al-Iraqiya television said Monday that the forces were attacking the city of Tikrit, backed by artillery and airstrikes by Iraqi fighter jets. It said the militants were dislodged from some areas outside the city, but gave no details." (03/02/15)

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Yemen: US drone strike kills two

March 2, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Tribesmen and witnesses say a US drone strike killed two suspected al-Qaida militants in southern Yemen. The witnesses, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution, say the suspected militants were traveling in a car when the strike took place at dawn on Monday in the Shabwa province, in an area called Markha." (03/02/15)

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Libya: Hold policymakers accountable for another Washington war gone bad

March 1, 2015
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Doug Bandow Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow  

"Will America ever again be at peace? A new war always seems to start before the last one ends. The U.S. is bombing targets in Syria and sending troops back into Iraq. Yet Washington's involvement in Afghanistan persists as the administration considers slowing the withdrawal of American forces. Worse, pressure is building for the U.S. again to intervene in Libya. It took a decade before the sectarian flames fed by the invasion of Iraq exploded into the Islamic State. It took less than three years for the administration's intervention in Libya to create similarly spectacular blowback." (02/26/15)

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On attacking ISIS

February 27, 2015
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kevinvallier Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Kevin Vallier  

"Libertarians are rightly skeptical of military interventions. A simple reason is that military interventions tend to do more harm than good. This simple reason was enough to justify opposition to the war in Iraq. Saddam Hussein was horrible, but the prospects of instability and civil war were always high. And, indeed, intervention in Iraq did more harm than good. At least one hundred thousand Iraqis are dead, and the government that replaced Saddam is unstable and fractious, unable to maintain basic territorial integrity in certain areas. And now ISIS runs much of Iraq. So when people suggest military intervention against ISIS, we have good reason to be skeptical. But I think we have less reason than usual." (02/26/15)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2015/02/on-attacking-isis/  

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Ukraine begins artillery withdrawal, recognizing truce is holding

February 26, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Ukrainian troops towed artillery away from the front line in [Donetsk People's Republic] on Thursday, a move that amounted to recognizing that a ceasefire meant to take effect on Feb. 15 was holding at last. The military showed reporters seven or eight guns being towed away from the front at the village of Paraskoviyvka north of the [invaders'] stronghold of Artemivsk. Earlier, Reuters journalists saw a larger convoy of 30-40 vehicles also towing guns away from the front on a highway." (02/26/15)

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A pretext for cyber COINTELPRO?

February 26, 2015
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CounterPunch
by Eric Draitser  

"In its ever expanding war against Syria, now under the broader pretext of 'fighting ISIS,' the US Government has employed a variety of tactics. From arming terrorists whom it dishonestly labels 'moderates,' to encouraging Turkey and Jordan to host jihadi training centers, to the CIA working with the Muslim Brotherhood to funnel weapons and fighters into Syria, the US and its allies have demonstrated the multi-faceted approach they're taking to fighting ISIS, extremism, and the Syrian Government. The war, once believed to be relegated solely to Syria and Iraq, has now been broadened to a regional, and indeed, a global war with no geographical boundaries or time limits. And now, the Obama administration has announced that its war will also be waged in cyberspace. " (02/26/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/02/26/a-pretext-for-cyber-cointelpro/  

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DPR: Ceasefire appears to take hold

February 26, 2015
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euronews [EU]    

"A ceasefire in [Donetsk People's Republic] looks like it's finally taking hold, two weeks after the Minsk agreement was signed. Despite refusing to proceed with a military withdrawal until [DPR forces] ceased fire, officials in Kiev have now acknowledged that the frontline is much quieter. Ukrainian commander Victor Sherdluh is waiting for the order to pullback heavy weapons. ... At Donetsk airport which [DPR forces recaptured from invading Ukrainian troops] last month, captured Ukrainian troops have been retrieving bodies of fellow soldiers killed in the fighting. One [DPR] commander said many more bodies were buried under the collapsed terminal building. 'If Ukrainian forces do not attack us, we will remove these bodies and give them to their mothers to bury them. These guys were fighting here, I do not know what for. It was according to the order of their president. They respected that order. So all of us are military and we have to respect our enemy,' said Mikhail Tolstykh." (02/26/15)

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Afghanistan: Suicide attack on Turkish embassy car in Kabul kills one

February 26, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"A suicide bomber rammed a vehicle laden with explosives into a Turkish embassy car in the Afghan capital on Thursday, killing at least one person inside, the ministry of interior said. The explosion struck in the heart of the heavily fortified diplomatic quarter, close to the German, Iranian and Turkish embassies, rattling windows and putting embassy staff on high alert." (02/26/15)

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Afghanistan: Gunmen abduct 30

February 24, 2015
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"Masked gunmen abducted 30 members of Afghanistan's ethnic Hazara minority who were traveling along a dangerous highway from the south, local authorities said Tuesday. ... The 30 men taken -- women and children were reportedly spared -- were said to be Afghan refugees returning from Iran. Though officials released few other details, local sources said all 30 were members of the Hazara minority, a predominantly Shiite Muslim group." (02/24/15)

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French aircraft carrier begins operations against Islamic State

February 23, 2015
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Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]    

"France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier has started military operations against Islamic State in Iraq, a French army source said on Monday. France deployed the aircraft carrier in the Gulf as part of the US-led military campaign, a Defence Ministry official said. ... The first Rafale fighter jet took off in the morning from the Charles de Gaulle as it sailed about 200 kilometres off the coast north of Bahrain in the direction of Iraq." (02/24/15)

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The “exceptional” US suffers crushing defeat in Debaltsevo

February 22, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Mike Whitney  

"In less than a year, the United States has toppled the democratically-elected government of Ukraine, installed a Washington-backed stooge in Kiev, launched a bloody and costly war of annihilation on Russian-speaking people in the East, thrust the economy into a downward death spiral, and reduced the nation to an anarchic, failed state destined to endure a vicious fratricidal civil war for as far as the eye can see. Last week, Washington suffered its greatest military defeat in more than a decade when Ukraine’s US-backed army was soundly routed in the major railway hub of Debaltsevo." (02/20/15)

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Demolishing Libya

February 19, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Binoy Kampmark  

"If ever there was a brutalised poster boy for the failure of humanitarian intervention, then bloodied, wounded Libya would be it. In 2011, the morally indignant, the ethically charged, and the generally outraged powers of the UK, France and to a lesser extent, the US, did a patchwork job under what, on the surface, was given a legal deep finish. It was executed under the guidance -- supposedly -- of a UN Security Council resolution. It has the cri de coeur flourish of a scatterbrained French philosopher promising stains on the French flag if French missiles were not deployed." (02/19/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/02/19/demolishing-libya/  

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Qatar recalls ambassador to Egypt over delegate’s comments

February 19, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Qatar said Thursday it has recalled its ambassador to Cairo to protest comments made by an Egyptian official over his country's decision to carry out air strikes in neighboring Libya. ... Qatar said in a brief statement it was withdrawing the envoy 'for consultations' in response to comments made by the Egyptian delegate to the Arab League, Tarek Adel. Egyptian state news agency MENA quoted Adel as saying that Arab League permanent representatives expressed support for Egypt's air strikes this week against Islamic State militants in Libya as part of its right to self-defense. It added that only Qatar 'deviated' from the Arab consensus, with Adel accusing Qatar of continuously taking positions against Egypt." (02/19/15)

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Remembering the disgraceful Libyan war

February 19, 2015
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The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"It has become fairly commonplace in recent months for Westerners to observe that the U.S./NATO Libyan war contributed greatly to the ruin of that country, but it's worth remembering just how arrogant and triumphalist its supporters were in the immediate aftermath of Gaddafi's overthrow and death. Libyan war supporters could not contain their enthusiasm to lecture opponents of the war about how wrong they had been in those early days following Gaddafi's demise, which only confirmed how oblivious they were to the harm they had done. As we can all see now, the Libya hawks were extremely premature in their celebrations, and they have been desperately trying to evade any responsibility for the suffering they helped to cause ever since." (02/18/15)

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Setting the stage for another proxy war in Yemen

February 18, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Michael Horton  

"With the recent Houthi takeover of much of northern Yemen, there are echoes of the 1960s. There seems little likelihood of Yemen not becoming a battleground for a protracted proxy war between two regional powers: Saudi Arabia and Iran which, in contrast to the 1960s, are now on opposite sides. The Saudis are vehemently opposed to the Houthis because they are Shi'a, adherents to the Zaidi sect of Shi'a Islam. The Saudis are fearful that the Houthis' 'revolution' could spread across their southern border and embolden their own restive Shi'a minority. In April 2000, the Saudis put down a Shi'a led rebellion in the province of Najran, which borders areas that are now controlled by the Houthis. On the other side of the emerging proxy war is Iran whose material support for the Houthis is limited." (02/18/15)

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DPR: Invading Ukrainian troops retreat from Debaltseve

February 18, 2015
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United Press International    

"Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced the country's military is retreating from the town of Debaltseve, which is surrounded by [Donetsk People's Republic] forces. Debaltseve is a strategic town for transportation. More than 80 percent of troops fought their way out early Wednesday and more will follow, Poroshenko said. ... On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin urged the [DPR forces] to allow Ukrainian troops to leave the town safely and urged the Ukrainian military to surrender. He said the Ukrainian troops were surrounded about a week before last Thursday's cease-fire agreement." (02/18/15)

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Afghanistan: Taliban suicide bombers target police station, killing at least 20

February 18, 2015
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Greenfield Daily Reporter    

"Taliban suicide bombers dressed as police officers attacked a police station Tuesday in Afghanistan, killing at least 20 people in the latest assault targeting local security forces, officials said. The attack in Pul-i-Alam, some 80 kilometers (50 miles) east of Kabul and the capital of Logar province, started when the first bomber detonated his explosives at the gate of the police headquarters, said Din Mohammad Darwesh, a spokesman for the provincial governor." (02/17/15)

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Syria: Regime forces launch new Aleppo offensive

February 18, 2015
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Daily Mail [UK]    

"Syrian government troops began a new offensive around Aleppo on Tuesday, seeking to encircle rebels in the northern city and break the siege on two pro-regime villages. The offensive comes the same day that UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura is to address the Security Council on his efforts, including a plan to 'freeze' fighting in Aleppo that has so far failed to gain traction. A Syrian military source said government troops had seized two villages north of Aleppo and were engaged in fierce fighting for control of a third." (02/17/15)

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Egypt: Regime calls for UN-backed coalition to fight Islamic State in Libya

February 17, 2015
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Fox News Yahoo! News    

"Egypt's president said in a radio interview aired on Tuesday that creating a U.N.-backed coalition was the best course of action to rid Libya of Islamic extremists. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, speaking to France's Europe 1 Radio, said Egyptian airstrikes against Islamic State group positions in Libya on Monday were in self-defense. ... France, a lead player in the campaign to oust Libya's dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011, has campaigned for months for some kind of international action in Libya, and announced a deal Monday to sell 24 advanced fighter jets to Egypt. French troops are already in place near Libya's southern border in Niger as part of a counterterrorism force." (02/17/15)

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Pakistan: Taliban attack on police HQ kills six

February 17, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"A Taliban suicide bomber on Tuesday killed six people and himself in a brazen attack on police headquarters in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore, in what militants called a revenge bid for the recent hangings of colleagues. It was the third in a series of high-profile attacks in the last month triggered by a government decision in December to begin hanging those convicted of terror attacks, reversing an informal six-year moratorium on the death penalty." (02/17/15)

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Yemen: Hadi supporters seize media buildings

February 16, 2015
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Minneapolis Star Tribune    

"upporters of Yemen's former President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi have seized radio and television buildings in the southern city of Aden after they accused security forces of working for Shiite rebels who control the capital. Security officials say one soldier and two Hadi supporters were killed in clashes during the seizure. Hadi, a southerner, resigned in January after a prolonged power struggle with the rebels, known as Houthis, who have controlled Sanaa since September." (02/16/15)

http://www.startribune.com/world/292057401.html  

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Libya: Egypt bombs Islamic State targets after killings of Christians

February 16, 2015
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CNN CNN    

"Egypt hit back Monday with airstrikes aimed at ISIS-affiliated jihadists in Libya who are believed to have beheaded more than a dozen Egyptian Coptic Christians. Egyptian F-16 jets took off in the early hours of Monday to bomb ISIS camps, training areas and weapons depots in Libya, the Egyptian military said. 'Avenging Egyptian blood and punishing criminals and murderers is our right and duty,' it said in a statement broadcast on state television. The Egyptian foreign ministry said that the airstrikes targeted ISIS locations in Derna." [editor's note: "Coptic Christian" is an annoying redundancy -- Copt MEANS Christian - TLK] (02/16/15)

http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/16/middleeast/isis-libya-egypt/  

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Ukraine: Ceasefire largely holding despite ongoing shelling around Debaltseve

February 16, 2015
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Baton Rouge Post    

"Fighting in [Donetsk People's Republic] subsided Sunday but did not stop after a ceasefire came into effect, according to reports by both the [Ukrainian regime] and the [DPR forces]. Spokesmen for both the [Ukrainian invaders] and the [DPR forces] said shelling had continued around the besieged town of Debaltseve, which is a key transport hub and has been fiercely attacked by [DPR forces] seeking to capture it before the ceasefire." (02/16/15)

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In his thirst for war, Senator Jim Inhofe releases fake photos of Russian troops in the Ukraine

February 15, 2015
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Liberty Blitzkrieg Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger  

"This is absolutely incredible. Incredible. First of all, I don't claim to have any idea about what is happening in Ukraine. Many people out there feel obligated to pick a side, but I can promise you that 99% of them don't actually have a clue. I don't think there are many 'goods guys' on either side of this fight, and my assumption is that both sides are lying as much as possible. It's a very sad situation, but very few people really knows what's going on. That's why I don't comment on it much. I wish I could say the same thing for United States Senators, you know, the people who actually play an important role in deciding when the country goes to war (that is, when Obama decides to consult them)." (02/13/15)

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